Telling a Story with Photos: The Grouse and the Chokecherries


Usually, the migratory songbirds clean out our chokecherry trees before they leave. This year, whether because of all that rain or for some other reason, they didn’t. And a chunky Ruffed Grouse decided to try for them. At 20 ounces, it’s a heavy bird for the thin, fruit-bearing branches.

Ruffed Grouse in a Chokecherry Tree

Ruffed Grouse in a Chokecherry Tree

So she has to climb through the branches very carefully.

Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize

Really Too Thin to Grasp

Really Too Thin to Grasp

If I Can Just Stretch a Little Further

If I Can Just Stretch a Little Further

Okay, Maybe Just a Little Further

Maybe If I Sort of Lay Along This Branch

I Meant to Do That

I Meant to Do That

After scoring 10-12 berries, she retired to the larger branches by the trunk of the tree for a nap.

This is just a bird getting food. Not a political metaphor or something. Seriously.

 

 

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